For more than 30 years FOREX® is the synonym for white, rigid plastic sheets made up of PVC. The FOREX® product line (FOREX®classic, FOREX®print, FOREX®color) offers a huge range of lightweight and high-quality materials with a huge delivery program (10 different thicknesses from 1 up to 19 mm, 9 colours, 4 widths, 3 lengths, with or without protective film), especially for direct digital printing, for internal and external applications. Individuality is always welcome: customized colours, special packaging and even products according to customer specifications are an inherent part of our FOREX® offering.
All FOREX® products can be easily processed for different 2D or 3D applications - manually or mechanically. Our technical service supports all our customers with their product-related questions, application or project queries. Due to our excellent distribution network we can offer very short lead times throughout Europe.
FOREX® offers a wide range of excellent properties like high stability despite minimal weight, excellent print substrate. FOREX® can be used internal and external:
Signage Exhibitions Digital printing Shopfitting
RoHS directive / WEEE directive
FOREX®classic sheets fulfil the requirements of the RoHS und WEEE directives of the European Union on the restriction of certain hazardous substances.
FOREX®classic sheets do not contain any of the following substances:
DIBOND®digital is the first aluminium composite material with a lacquer system that is optimised for direct to substrate digital printing. The surface of the new DIBOND®digital provides enhanced ink adhesion for UV-curing and solvent based inks. The combination of both the enhanced ink adhesion and the extreme flatness of the panel make it not only possible to be printed with very fine structures and lines when printing but also allow an increased printing speed. In fact, in its cross hatch test the result achieved in various printing tests at printing machine manufacturers was an impressive 0. The thickness tolerance of only 0.2 mm allow a very small clearance between panel and the print heads. DIBOND®digital is furthermore UV-resistant and can be used with temperatures up to 80 °C resulting in two remarkable advantages: first, the UV lamps would not cause any distortion and second, the material can be used outside being resistant to any temperature changes. Therefore DIBOND®digital is widely specified for both internal and external signs in advertising campaigns, exhibitions and event marketing, photomounting as well as for hoardings and where ever there is the need for high quality imaging and long service life. Compared to standard DIBOND®, DIBOND®digital comes with 0.2 mm aluminium layers making it ideal for plane applications. For large size signage and complex processing (e. g. folding techniques) we recommend to use DIBOND® with 0.3 mm aluminium layers. Otherwise DIBOND®digital can be processed just as standard DIBOND®.
At a glance:
0.2 mm aluminium layers New lacquer system with enhanced ink adhesion optimised for direct to substrate digital printing Increased printing speed possible UV- resistant and resistant to temperature changes between -50 °C up to +80 °C – perfect for outside use Perfect printing results – Cross Hatch Test = 0 Extremely flat, strong and rigid
The attractive and unique brushed appearance of BUTLERFINISH® is produced by running the cover plate through rollers that emboss the surface to give a brushed aluminium effect. To protect the surface, the coil is then stove enamelled with a clear lacquer, this allows the brushed aluminium effect to remain visible, but ensures no degradation of the surface. This vibrant effect finds its natural home in areas such as shop fitting, in-store design, furniture construction, high quality PoS / PoP applications and signage applications. Whether for interior or exterior use, its ability to be used in either 2D or 3D, as well as a wide range of processing possibilities such as, rolling, routing, bending and bevelling, means that DIBOND® becomes the perfect substrate for those creating new designs. The brushed aluminium effect is complimented by gold, stainless steel and copper versions.
At a glance:
Embossed brushed effect Characteristic structure Excellent results with screen printing and direct digital printing Clearly varnished surface (pigmented varnishes have a reduced UV resistance) Optimum processing parameters
DIBOND® was originally developed in 1992 by 3A Composites as one of the first Aluminium Composite sheets for the display and signage markets. The panel combines two 0.3 mm aluminium surface layers with a polyethylene core and comes with a protective film on both sides. Front and reverse side are either stove lacquered, with white or coloured surfaces and with either matt or high-gloss surfaces, anodized or even textured.
DIBOND® is used in either 2D or 3D applications and stands out through extremely flat surfaces, very high resistance to weathering and corrosion and high stability. DIBOND® is used for interior and exterior applications.
Exhibition stands and displays Shop fitting, interior design Furniture constructions PoS/PoP displays, signage and shop fronts (interior and exterior)
The unique alloy - AlMg1
DIBOND® is the only ACM for display applications with an AlMg1 alloy High corrosion resistance Very easy 3D processing characteristics due to unique alloy Excellent processing parameters, e.g. bending, routing and folding
The special polyester coating
Stove lacquered according to ECCA Standard in Singen Consistently high colour quality, trueness and colour thickness Absolutely flat surface No heavy metals in the lacquers Applicable for screen printing and direct-to-substrate digital printing
UV-blocker – the black core
UV - protection No delamination or warping due to low thermal expansion Optimized for long term outdoor use Low thermal expansion compared to plastic materials
Advantages of Handling, Transport and Installation
Relatively low weight combined with high stiffness and dimensional stability. Ideal for large formats The combination of aluminium and a PE core offer easy fabrication characteristics compared to full aluminium. Three dimensional processing through routing and folding technique Cost-effective through flat transportation and local installation Low thermal expansion compared to plastic materials
3A Composites, a division of Schweiter Technologies, has approximately 2’500 employees at various locations in Europe, the Americas and Asia. It is active in manufacturing and commercializing lightweight products for architecture, visual communication, transportation, industrial and wind energy markets. Leading brands such as ALUCOBOND®, DIBOND®, ALUCORE®, HYLITE®, FOREX®, GATORFOAM®, KAPA®, FOAM-X®, FOME-COR®, AIREX®, SMART-X® and BALTEK® were invented by 3A Composites.
3A Composites, formerly well-known as Alcan Composites, belongs to Schweiter Technologies since December 01st, 2009. Schweiter Technologies is headquartered in Horgen, Switzerland.